I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. (Maya Angelou, late U.S. poet laureate)

Angelou’s observation is important to remember. We often think that what we say to people or what we do for them will influence them long into the future. Occasionally, that may be true, but her final comment is sobering. That’s why we need to speak and act with what the Bible calls “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). Let our goal be to encourage others.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11).